Portuguese man-of-war


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Physalia physalis

the Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike animal consisting of a complex colony of individual members that can inflict extremely painful stings.

Portuguese man-of-war

n.
A colonial siphonophore (Physalia physalis) composed of numerous specialized zooids, having a bluish bladderlike crested float from which hang numerous long stinging tentacles.

Portuguese man-of-war

[por′chəgēs]
any member of the genus Physalia, in the phylum Cnidaria. All species have a large purple air sac that allows them to float on the surface of the water, and from which many long tentacles of stinging polyps hang. The tentacles are equipped with nematocysts that are able to penetrate the skin of humans, causing intense pain. Paralysis can result from numerous stings.

Phy·sa·li·a phy·sa·lis

(fī-sā'lē-ă fī-sā-lis)
The Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike animal consisting of a complex colony of individual members that can inflict extremely painful stings.
Synonym(s): Portuguese man-of-war.

Portuguese man-of-war, man-o'-war

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Jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war often leave raised blisters that are in the shape of their own tentacles.
The prettiest is probably one of the most vicious, the Portuguese man-of-war.
The Portuguese man-of-war is a problem for swimmers because it floats just below the surface and is hard to see.
IPaF I was stung as a child by a Portuguese man-of-war and I'll never forget it.
Maria Furcas, 69, suffered an allergic reaction when she was stung on the leg by a Portuguese man-of-war while swimming in the Mediterranean with her sister.
IF you are stung by a Portuguese Man-of-War, putting the sting in very hot water may reduce your pain.
STRONG winds have blown a rare Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish on to the Dorset coast - the third to be reported in days.
Fearing the angry red mark was from a potentially lethal Portuguese man-of-war, club doctor David Gough gave Arca an injection of anti-histamine and sent him to hospital.
The left-back was having a swim after a run when he was stung by what club doctor David Gough reckons was a giant Portuguese man-of-war species at Seaburn beach.